The latest trailer for Star Trek Beyond actually looked really good, and some keen-eyed fans noticed something very interesting while dissecting the latest footage — a massive, mysterious space station. So, what’s the deal?
In an interview with IGN, the film’s co-writer (and co-star) Simon Pegg revealed that the space station is called Starbase Yorktown, which is essentially a massive “diplomatic hub” for the Federation. A decent bit of the action looks to take place at the station, at least judging by what appears to be an attack in some quick cuts from the new footage.
Here’s an excerpt from how Pegg explains the locale:
“You can imagine -- me and Jung joked that there were various aliens with leaflets, handing them out to other aliens like, ‘Come and see our world!’” he said. “But it's basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It's an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It's been built locally, so it's very interesting to look at, but it's where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that's where the story begins.”
Aside from a few scenes at Starfleet, we haven’t really gotten much of the vintage Star Trek feel where a boatload of aliens are all hanging out and getting along. If nothing else, it should make for one heck of a visual.
Star Trek Beyond is set to open July 22.
Have a peek at the station from a screen grab below: